Biology and Spanish
As someone with a wide variety or interests, Luci Krenzke wanted to attend a college where she could do a little bit of everything. She found what she was looking for at Carthage.
“I am able to compete on a very competitive athletics team while still being able to get a good education, be a part of numerous on-campus organizations, hold on campus jobs, and study abroad. Plus, the location is definitely an added bonus! Being so close to Milwaukee and Chicago, it offers so many internship and shadowing opportunities, and how can you go wrong with Lake Michigan being in your backyard?,” she said.
At Carthage Luci is studying neuroscience and is working toward her 8-year-old self’s goal of becoming a veterinarian.
“Students should consider majoring in neuroscience because it gives you so much hands on research experience that will be very valuable when applying to grad school. Also, the neuroscience faculty at Carthage are top notch! They are very welcoming and open to questions, and willing to help whenever you need it.”
“At Carthage I am able to compete on a very competitive athletics team while still being able to get a good education, be a part of numerous on-campus organizations, hold on campus jobs, and study abroad.”
“I hope to go on to veterinary school and become either a large animal or equine veterinarian.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“There are so many good professors at Carthage that it is hard to choose, but I would say one of my favorite professors at Carthage would definitely be Prof. David Brownholland. He taught Organic Chemistry (CHM 2070), which arguably is one of the toughest courses I’ve taken, but he made it very interesting and easier to comprehend. He strives to really make his students understand the material and not just memorize it, which in general is a great skill to have. He is always so willing to answer questions about classes or grad school and I love how much he genuinely cares about his students and their successes.”
“Some of my favorite classes I have taken at Carthage would include both Phage Hunters 1 and 2 because they taught me great research techniques during my freshman year. Other favorite classes would include Neuroscience Research Methods (NEU 2500) and I surprisingly also really enjoyed Organic Chemistry (CHM 2070).”
“I am very involved here on campus. I am a member of the Pre-Health Club, and the Nu Rho Psi and Alpha Lambda Delta honors fraternities. I also am very involved in the Honors Program here at Carthage. I am the secretary of Honors Council as well as an honors representative for admissions. I also have held on campus jobs as a lab assistant for the Phage Hunters program and am on the Carthage Women’s Volleyball Team.
“My favorite class has actually also been one of my hardest classes. Surprisingly enough, my favorite class has been Organic Chemistry (CHM 2070). It was taught by one of my favorite professors at Carthage, and the whole class is very interesting because it really brings a lot of the science concepts together. After taking the class, a lot of why different molecules interact the way they do, and how they form, make a lot more sense.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“I completed an animal welfare internship at the Racine Zoo. It was a great experience because I got to work very closely with the animal care staff to provide daily care to all the animals at the zoo. I got to do everything from cleaning exhibits, diet preparation, observing animal training, and different medical examinations, to creating enrichment. Because I want to become a veterinarian in the future, this internship definitely provided great hands on experience with animals I normally would not get a chance to work with. It also gave me a look into other animal related careers. I built some really great relationships with some of the staff there and had a lot of fun. Even after it ended, I was able to stay on as a volunteer and continue working at the zoo.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“This past June I was able to complete a J-Term study tour in Spain. I went with a group of ten girls, and we spent three weeks in Madrid, Valencia, and some other neighboring cities. It helped complete some of my Spanish minor requirements, and gave me a great experience by being immersed in a Spanish speaking country. We stayed with host families, and did numerous sight seeing excursions. It was so much fun, and I would definitely say that my Spanish got much better after being on the trip.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“My favorite Carthage memory was definitely playing in the Final Four in 2015 with the volleyball team. It is such a huge accomplishment for our team to make it that far, and it was so cool seeing our hard work and dedication pay off! It is only the second time in program history that we made it to the Final Four and playing in front of a huge crowd of our friends and family, and knowing our whole Carthage community was cheering us on back home, was something I will never forget.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spot on campus is sitting in the comfy chairs by the big windows overlooking the lake in the Straz Center. When you’re studying or just eating lunch before class, it is always so peaceful and beautiful to sit right there. Plus, being a science major, doing homework there is super nice because all of the science faculty are right there in case you ever have a question.”
Biggest surprise so far
“My biggest surprise at Carthage has been how many opportunities there are for students to get involved and do so many different things. It’s hard to find a student here that is not involved in at least one club or athletics team. I never thought it would be possible for me to do so many different things in college while still being able to keep my grades up, but the faculty and my fellow classmates are so encouraging and I am so grateful for every opportunity I have had on and off campus so far.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I think my 8-year-old self would be very proud of me! I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember, and I think she would be happy to see how close I am to getting there now.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Get involved! Ask questions! Everyone at Carthage is so willing to help and there are opportunities to do something cool basically every time you turn around. Be open to step outside your comfort level and dive right in!”